Chances are, you own a vacuum cleaner in your home. But are you really getting the most out of it?

Below, we’ve created some simple tips to follow to make sure you’re purchasing the right vacuum for the type of cleanup job that you need to get done.

    • The purchase: If you’re in the market for a new vacuum currently, then you’re in luck. Believe it or not, there are TONS of vacuum options out there these days — so many, in fact, that it can become quite confusing when you’re trying to decide on which one to buy. First thing’s first — check out some reviews online. Browse the forums over at Amazon. Get a feel for what’s out there, what people like, and what people don’t like.

  • Know your style: There are upright vacuums, canister, handheld, robot, and all kinds of other models these days. Know which type of unit will fit your lifestyle best. Most Americans choose an upright vacuum because they’re the most powerful, yet they also tend to be on the bulkier and heavier side, so keep that in consideration.
  • Canister vacuum: Perhaps my favorite vacuum is the canister unit, as it’s sort of a cross between an upright vacuum, and a lighter handheld unit. With a canister, you get the best of both worlds — a full-model cleaning machine for those big pick up jobs, and yet a detachable unit for those quicker, smaller jobs.
  • Price point: Obviously, you want to stick within your budget. You can get a handheld unit for $20, or a fancy German upright vacuum for $600+, so the options are endless. Basically, if you want a nice upright model that will last, you should be ready to spend close to $200 for a good vacuum.